Like everyone, we have spent a lot of time learning about COVID-19 and how it is impacting our world. That means understanding how it affects our employees, residents, and the surrounding community, and then making the necessary adjustments to our work and operations here at the Beacon House.
Keeping our employees and residents safe is the objective that guides us. This has been at the center of our conversations in leadership regarding this health concern since the beginning. We have already ramped up cleaning services at the Beacon House, and we have added sanitizing stations throughout the campus, so that employees and residents can keep our campus safe.
We have been closely following the guidelines and recommendations from both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and LA County Department of Public Health (DPH) on the steps we can take to help prevent the spread of the virus. This has included developing specific policies and procedures to respond to COVID-19 on our campus; cancelling large gatherings; creating resident pods, including ones specifically for our Thrift Shop and Catering teams, and set times for each pod to pick up meals; instituting self-quarantine guidelines for our staff; and conducting regular testing of both residents and staff.
We recently reassessed and updated our policies and procedures given the steep increase of COVID-19 cases in LA County in the past few weeks. We are also following all state and county guidelines in our Thrift Stores, and making updates to those processes as guidance changes.
We also want to reiterate the importance of wearing masks, washing your hands regularly, staying home if you feel sick or are exposed to someone known to have COVID-19, and social distancing.